Sunday, March 20, 2016

Stars Collide

By: MF,

The Pittsburgh Penguins are back in action for a second day in a row as they face off against the Washington Capitals. The Penguins are coming off a huge 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers, which allowed them to move into the third position of Metropolitan Division.

The Penguins have won five straight games, which is the longest under Head Coach Mike Sullivan (HCMS). He has really installed some good values into the team and they are starting to put together solid wins at the perfect time. They are 14-3-2 in their last 19 games at Consol Energy Center and 9-2-1 this season when they dawn their third jersey. Also, since December 21, 2015 they are averaging 3.74 goals per game at home. It's nice to see their hard work paying off and them putting some space in between them and the other teams hunting for a playoff spot.

The offense has been on firing even without the services of Evgeni Malkin. The Penguins are getting points from all their lines and everyone is working hard. Sidney Crosby, of course, is leading the way for them. He is currently riding a 11-game point streak where he has tallied up six goals, 12 assists, and 18 points. Crosby also is third in points in the National Hockey League (NHL). Crosby is not the only one putting up some solid points. Carl Hagelin has 10 points (four goals and six assists) over this last 10 games played and that includes four game-winning-goals at home. It's great to see him fitting right in to the line-ups.

On defense, Kris Letang is leading the charge. Since January 1st, he has 1.06 points per game. Trevor Daley is also putting some good shots on net and creates some great plays. The entire defense is clicking and playing smarter. They are starting to come into their own as we close in on playoffs.

Tonight, the Penguins have to stay focused for the entire 60 minute game, play smart, stay out of the box, and keep attacking. This won't be an easy game and they can't let up. Lets Go Pens!

The Pens lineup is as follows:

Kunitz - Crosby - Hagelin
Hagelin - Bonino - Kessel
Kuhnhackl - Cullen - Rust
Sheary - Sundqvist - Fehr

Maatta - Letang
Dumoulin - Daley
Cole - Schultz

Fleury in the net!

Play by Play
PENS 6 Capitals 2

3rd Period

0:53 - Pens kill it!

2:53 - Hagelin to the box for interference and the Capitals get a power play.

2:59 - Pens defending their lead well!

4:21 - Pens power play ends.

6:55 - SCHULTZ SCORES A POWER PLAY GOAL! HIS FIRST AS A PENGUIN! Daley puts the puck right in Schultz's wheelhouse and he rifles one past Grubauer! 6-2 Pens

7:18 - Three minute major power play for the Pens. Rust is back on the bench!

8:18 - Weber drills Rust into the boards from behind. A very dirty hit. Kuhnhackl comes to his defense. 4 on 4 hockey as Weber and Kuhnhackl get two minutes and a game misconduct each.

12:32 - Ovechkin nails Dumoulin with a hard hit. Dumoulin needs help up and ends up going to the locker room.

12:42 - KUNITZ SCORES! Kunitz blows one past Holtby and chases him out of the net! Grubauer replaces him! 5-2 Pens

14:26 - Schultz rings one off the post! He had Holtby beat!

14:58 - The crowd is hassling Holtby with the chant of his name. Crowd is fired up!

16:14 - CULLEN SCORES! Cullen receives a stretch pass and is all alone! He fires it at the shoulder of Holtby! It bounces up over this shoulder and into the net! 4-2 Pens

19:49 - Things are even once power wise.

20:00 - The guys are back on the ice for the third period! The Pens have to stick with things and keep playing smart hockey! The Pens start with an eight second power play! Lets Go Pens!

2nd Period
0:00 - That is it for the second period! The Pens have the 3-2 lead over the Capitals!

1:52 - High sticking penalty will go to Williams and the Pens get the power play chance.

4:03 - KUHNHACKL SCORES! Cullen crosses over the middle on the offensive zone and passes off to the wing! Kuhnhackl goes to one-knee to rip one past Holtby! 3-2 Pens

4:48 - Burakovsky Scores. Burakovsky sneaks behind the coverage and its a breakaway. He puts it past Fleury. 2-2 tie game

4:55 - The power play ends.

5:34 - Things are getting heated and physical. Crosby toe drags for a goal, but the ref looses sight as he goes behind the net, so no goal. Horrible call. Then a scrum ensues. We have two in the box and the Capitals have four. Pens power play continues.

6:55 - Power play time for the Pens.

9:39 - 4 on 2 rush for the Pens, but Kessel's pass is intercepted.

12:05 - Successful penalty kill for the Pens as Cole is set free.

14:05 - Now the Capitals are headed onto the power play as Cole sits in the box for holding the stick.

14:39 - Capitals are starting to bring more heat after breaking the ice with their first goal.

18:42 - Chimera Scores! Chimera gets a edge on Pens defense, Fleury comes out with the poke check. The puck bounces up and goes of Chimera's helmet into the goal. 2-1 Pens

20:00 - Time for the second period! The Pens have to keep up the pressure and play smart! They cannot let the Capitals have any chances! Lets Go Pens!

1st Period
0:00 - First period horn sounds and the Pens have the 2-0 lead over the Capitals!

1:08 - Capitals have been very physical towards the end of the first.

2:31 - The Pens can't capitalize on their power play and Oshie is set free.

4:31 - Another power play chance for the Pens as T.J. Oshie heads to the box for tripping.

6:03 - Capitals kill off the Pens power play.

8:03 - The first power play of the game will go to the Pens as Winnik sits for interference.

9:58 - DALEY SCORES! The Pens come up with the puck after a board battle in the offensive zone and Crosby makes a side pass to Daley, who is flying into the zone! He backhands one past Holtby! 2-0 Pens

11:30 - RUST SCORES! Rust gets behind the the Capitals defense and receives a pass right on his stick! He holds and puts it around the outstretched pad of Holtby! 1-0 Pens

11:36 - The Pens have started to get some shots on Holtby, but the Capitals still control the game.

13:47 - Fleury makes an unreal glove save, while on his stomach. He is busy earlier. The Pens need to bounce back.

16:53 - Fleury is on his game early. The Capitals come out with speed and get quality shots on net. Slow start for the Pens, who did play yesterday.

20:00 - The puck has dropped! The Pens have to stay focused for the entire game, play smart, stay out of the box, and keep attacking! Lets Go Pens!-

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